Scholarships and Financial Aid

Kinesiology and Athletic Training students now need only complete one College of Human Sciences application online to automatically apply for all department-level and college-level scholarships. The application is available from July through December. The deadline is December 5 at 5:00 pm.

Department of Kinesiology scholarships

The Kinesiology (KIN) Department offers the scholarships and awards listed below. Application. Use the College of Human Sciences application to apply for these scholarships. You must indicate the scholarships you’d like to apply for under the Kinesiology Department section and complete the appropriate essays for them. Deadline: December 5 at 5:00 pm. Additional Scholarships are available through:

College of Human Sciences

Iowa State University

Prospective student scholarships

The following scholarships must be completed through the College of Human Sciences scholarship application:

Incoming freshman scholarship

Purpose: Recognize early professional potential and academic promise in an incoming first-year student.

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum high school rank of 90% and ACT composite score of 26 or an SAT score of 1180.
  2. Must enter Iowa State during the fall semester to pursue a major in Kinesiology and Health or Pre-Athletic Training. The scholarship is paid half for fall semester and the other half in spring semester.  If students change majors before spring semester, they forfeit the second half of the scholarship.
  3. Must demonstrate high school activities and/or work experience that indicates leadership potential and early professional interest in careers related to physical activity, sport, fitness and/or health.

Procedure: Complete the College of Human Science application form and submit two letters of reference as requested with the application (one from a teacher or school official).  Submit the application by December 5 at 5:00 pm. Award amount: Variable up to $1,000 each.

Incoming transfer student scholarship

Purpose: To recognize excellence in scholarship and early professional commitment during undergraduate work at a community college within the state of Iowa.

Qualifications:

  1. Student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and a minimum of 45 credits completed from an Iowa community college.
  2. Student must enter Iowa State in the fall semester to major in Kinesiology and Healthor Pre-Athletic Training. The scholarship is paid half for fall semester and the other half in spring semester.  If students change majors before spring semester, they forfeit the second half of the scholarship.
  3. Student must demonstrate active involvement in early professional experiences that will enhance and/or lead to careers in physical activity, sport, fitness or health (ie. jobs or volunteer experiences, clubs, organizations, etc.).

Procedure: Complete the College of Human Science application and submit two reference letters as requested with the application (one from an instructor or school official). Submit the application by December 5 at 5:00 pm. Award amount: Variable up to $1,000 each.

Current student scholarships

The following scholarships must be completed through the College of Human Sciences scholarship application:

Barbara E. Forker Scholarship

Purpose: To recognize an undergraduate student in Kinesiology and Health or Athletic Training who exhibits academic excellence — preference given to a student who is interested in working with physically challenged individuals.

Qualifications:

  1. At the time of application, the student must be a full-time undergraduate KIN major with at least sophomore classification and a minimum of 3 semesters remaining until graduation.
  2. Must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  3. Demonstrate financial need through FAFSA form for current academic year.
  4. Preference will be given to a student who has shown a commitment to projects and/or activities that involve physically challenged individuals.
  5. The award is to be given to one or more students per year and is renewable if a student continues to meet the criteria.

Procedure: Submit the College of Human Science application form by December 5 at 5:00 pm. In the box provided on the application for KIN Department scholarships, include a short essay on your past involvement with the physically challenged and/or your future plans to interact/assist with this group. Award amount: Variable up to $1000 each.

Germaine G. Guiot Scholarship -- Community/Public Health

Purpose: To recognize a junior level student in Community/Public Health who has achieved high academic standing and has contributed significant service to his/her curriculum and profession.

Qualifications:

  1. At the time of application, the student must be a full-time undergraduate KIN major in the community & public health option, with at least sophomore classification and a minimum of 3 semesters remaining until graduation.
  2. Must have a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  3. Preference given to those with financial need.
  4. Student must have demonstrated service and leadership through some or all of the following:
  • Professional volunteer/work experiences.
  • Membership and active roles in departmental clubs. Membership, attendance and contributions to professional organizations, workshops, meetings.
  • Involvement as student representative on department, college or university committees.
  • Papers, projects or presentations that support professional potential.

Procedure: Submit the College of Human Science application form by December 5 at 5:00 pm. In the box provided on the application for KIN scholarships, include a short essay on your experience and honors. Award amount: Variable up to $1,000 each.

Germaine G. Guiot Scholarship -- Exercise Science

Purpose: To recognize a junior level student in Exercise Science who has achieved high academic standing and has contributed significant service to his/her curriculum and profession.

Qualifications:

  1. At the time of application, the student must be a full-time undergraduate KIN major in the exercise science (health & fitness management) option, with at least sophomore classification and a minimum of 3 semesters remaining until graduation.
  2. Must have a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  3. Preference given to those with financial need.
  4. Student must have demonstrated service and leadership through some or all of the following:
  • Professional volunteer/work experiences.
  • Membership and active roles in departmental clubs. Membership, attendance and contributions to professional organizations, workshops, meetings.
  • Involvement as student representative on department, college or university committees.
  • Papers, projects or presentations that support professional potential.

Procedure: Submit the College of Human Science application form by December 5 at 5:00 pm. In the box provided on the application for KIN scholarships, include a short essay on your experience and honors. Award amount: Variable up to $1,000 each.

Germaine G. Guiot Scholarship -- Pre-health Professions

Purpose: To recognize a junior level student in Pre-health Professions who has achieved high academic standing and has contributed significant service to his/her curriculum and profession.

Qualifications:

  1. At the time of application, the student must be a full-time undergraduate KIN major in Pre-health Professions option, with at least sophomore classification and a minimum of 3 semesters remaining until graduation.
  2. Must have a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  3. Preference given to those with financial need.
  4. Student must have demonstrated service and leadership through some or all of the following:
  • Professional volunteer/work experiences.
  • Membership and active roles in departmental clubs. Membership, attendance and contributions to professional organizations, workshops, meetings.
  • Involvement as student representative on department, college or university committees.
  • Papers, projects or presentations that support professional potential.

Procedure: Submit the College of Human Science application form by December 5 at 5:00 pm. In the box provided on the application for KIN scholarships, include a short essay on your experience and honors. Award amount: Variable up to $1,000 each.

Cheri Goslar/Cap and Tippy Timm Scholarship

Purpose: To recognize a junior level student in Physical Education Teacher Education who has high academic standing and has contributed significant service to his/her curriculum and profession.

Qualifications:

  1. At the time of application, the student must be a full-time undergraduate KIN major in physical education teacher education, with at least sophomore classification and a minimum of 3 semesters remaining until graduation.
  2. Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher at the time of application.
  3. Preference given to those with financial need.
  4. Student must have demonstrated service and leadership through some or all of the following:
  • Professional volunteer/work experiences.
  • Membership and active roles in departmental clubs. Membership, attendance and contributions to professional organizations, workshops, meetings.
  • Involvement as student representative on department, college or university committees.
  • Papers, projects or presentations that support professional potential.

Procedure: Submit the College of Human Science application form by December 5 at 5:00 pm. In the box provided on the application for KIN Department scholarships, include a short essay on your experience and honors. Award amount: Variable up to $1,000 each.

Awards selected by KIN faculty:

The following awards are selected by faculty or groups. No application is needed.

SHAPE America Major of the Year Award

Purpose: The SHAPE America Major of the Year Award celebrates outstanding undergraduate students in the fields of health, physical education, recreation, and dance.

Qualifications:

  1. Be a current SHAPE America Member (nominees who are not yet members may still be nominated as long as a membership form is submitted within one month of nomination).
  2. Be on track toward a degree in an HPERD field.
  3. Be a junior or senior.
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application.
  5. Provide a service to school or community (3-5 contributions) for a minimum of two years during undergraduate career.

Procedure: Faculty adviser/nominator must to go the following website to nominate a student: http://www.shapeamerica.org/recognition/awards/moyapplication.cfm.

Winifred Tilden High Scholar Award

Purpose: To recognize the top scholar in each class (sophomore, junior, senior) within the Department of Kinesiology.

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA is 3.45.
  2. A transfer student will be considered after completion of a minimum of 24 credits at ISU.
  3. No student may receive an award more than one time in any one classification (sophomore, junior, senior).
  4. In case of a tie, two awards will be given.
  5. No freshman award is given.

Procedure: Given to the students earning the highest grade point average for their classification.

Barbara E. Forker Leadership Award

Purpose: To recognize students in the Department of Kinesiology who have contributed leadership and service to their profession. One award given to each of five career options (AT, CPH, PHP, Ex Sci, and PETE).

Qualifications:

  1. Student must have a minimum of 70 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.8 at the time of application.
  2. Student must show professional involvement and leadership skills through any or all of the following:
  • Involvement in departmental clubs through membership and leadership roles
  • Willingness to take on and complete given responsibilities
  • Ability to get people involved and/or to think (a catalyst as well as a worker)
  • Ability to think/plan ahead with regard to plans that affect the present as well as the future
  • Ability to generate and share ideas
  • Having organizational and time management skills
  • Possession of the interpersonal skills needed to do the above

Procedure: Given to the student who exhibits the strongest leadership within each academic option of Kinesiology.

Germaine G. Guiot Award for Outstanding Senior (Female)

Purpose: To recognize the most outstanding female senior enrolled in Kinesiology and Health or Athletic Training.

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.25 cumulative.
  2. Must be a major in Kinesiology and Health .
  3. Must be graduating in the calendar year of the award.
  4. Must have made outstanding contributions to the Kinesiology and Health or Athletic Training curriculum through some/all of the following activities:
  • Professional volunteer/work experiences
  • Membership and active role in departmental clubs
  • Membership, attendance, and contribution to professional organizations, workshops, and meetings
  • Involvement as student rep on department, college, or university committees.

Harry Schmidt Award for Outstanding Senior (Male)

Purpose: To recognize the most outstanding male senior enrolled in Kinesiology and Health or Athletic Training.

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.25 cumulative.
  2. Must be a major in Kinesiology and Health .
  3. Must be graduating in the calendar year of the award.
  4. Must have made outstanding contributions to the Kinesiology and Health or Athletic Training curriculum through some/all of the following activities:
  • Professional volunteer/work experiences.
  • Membership and active role in departmental clubs.
  • Membership, attendance and contribution to professional organizations, workshops, and meetings.
  • Involvement as student rep on department, college or university committees.

Anna R. Toman Dance Award

 Purpose: To recognize an undergraduate student (member of Orchesis I) who has contributed significantly during the year to the dance program at Iowa State.

Qualifications:

  1. Must have a formal affiliation with Iowa State University.
  2. Must be a member in good standing of Orchesis I.

Charlotte Wilkinson Award

Purpose: To honor the memory of Charlotte Wilkinson, a past member of Orchesis II. Given to the member who has contributed the most in organization, choreography and performance.

Qualifications:

  1. Must be affiliated with Iowa State University.
  2. Must be a member of Orchesis II and in good standing.

Betty Toman Outstanding Contributions to Dance and the Affiliated Arts

Purpose: To recognize a dance student who has been involved in numerous dance organizations and who accepts/completes tasks beyond expectations to further dance on campus and in the community.

Qualifications:

  1. Depth of involvement in dance classes, membership in Orchesis I & II, Iowa State Dance Tour Company, Stars Over VEISHEA, as a choreographer or in support activities such as lighting, costuming, or marketing. Effectiveness in involvement in dance and related activities.
  2. Length of involvement in dance groups and activities.

Evelyn Jensen Award for Achievement in Outreach

Purpose: To recognize a member of the Iowa State Dance Tour Company who demonstrates the ability to transmit dance knowledge and skill to a variety of people through performance and teaching.

Qualifications:

  1. Member of the Iowa State Dance Tour Company.

Iowa State Dance Scholarship

Purpose: To recognize a student in the Performing Arts major (dance emphasis) who has contributed to the ISU Dance program.

Qualifications:

  1. Must be at least sophomore classification and a major in Performing Arts with a dance emphasis.
  2. Must be a contributing member to the ISU Dance program for at least one year.

Award: $500

Other awards and assistance

Whitfield/Johnson Emergency Fund

Purpose: To provide emergency financial assistance to a female KIN or Athletic Training student. First priority will be given to assist with immediate emergency needs (ie. tuition/books, travel for family emergency, etc.). Second priority will be for students who have secured the maximum financial aid awardable and who cannot finish their academic program without assistance. Qualifications:

  1. Must be an undergraduate student currently enrolled at ISU in KIN. Must be a female with at least sophomore classification.
  2. Must be able to demonstrate financial need through FAFSA for the current school year or through other information supplied to the funding committee.

Procedure: Complete the Whitfield/Johnson Emergency Fund application form with written support from the student’s academic adviser. Request the application form from your adviser.  An application can be submitted at any point during the semester and will be reviewed as soon as possible. Award amount: Up to $2,000 can be awarded per semester with the opportunity for on-going aid if continued need is demonstrated.

Beran International/Service Scholarship

Purpose: To provide partial support for a student participating in a sport, physical education, or exercise science experience outside of the United States (but not with a varsity or sport club team) OR a service project in a related field with minority or inner-city groups in the United States. Qualifications:

  1. Must be enrolled as a Kinesiology and Health or Athletic Training major.
  2. Must have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  3. Must have completed at least two semesters in residence at ISU.

Procedure: Complete an application form and present a summary of trip expenses and anticipated sources of support. Scholarship applications may be submitted at any time during the semester and will be reviewed as soon as possible. Two personal reference letters are required. Award amount: Variable, depending on the trip expenses

Robert Watkins and Mary Swartz Athletic Trainer Achievement Award

Bill Watkins, a former athletic training student at Iowa State University, established this scholarship in honor of his parents. Qualifications:

  1. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be enrolled full time.
  2. Must have completed 4 semesters in the Athletic Training Education Program.
  3. Students must be members in good standing with the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.
  4. Students must show professional involvement and leadership skills through any or all of the following:
  • Involvement in voluntary service and related activities (Special Olympics, Iowa Games, etc.)
  • Involvement and attendance in professional organizations, workshops, and meetings.
  • Willingness to take on and complete given responsibilities.
  • Ability to get other students involved to generate and share ideas.
  • Having organizational and time management skills.
  • Evoke a strong work ethic.

Procedure: The application deadline is January 14, and the award recipients are announced at the Kinesiology Spring Awards Banquet and the Athletic Training Education Program Annual Banquet. See the Athletic Training webpage for information about this and other AT awards. (Download the application from the AT website.)

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  • Important Dates

    Most scholarships are due December 5. Check applications for specific deadlines.

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